Science Fiction Costume Exhibit Opens Convention Announced

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History has made it so: the traveling exhibit Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television will open Friday, May 18. To complement the exhibit, Gus-Con, a comic book-style convention will take place at the museum from June 1 to 3. The convention is named after Gus, the museum’s gopher tortoise who will celebrate his 90th birthday in August. “Based on the positive response from our social media campaign, it’s looking as if the exhibit is going to be quite popular,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We’re pleased that the museum is able to combine this kind of exhibit with the new space programs it will introduce in the Our Amazing World gallery.” The Out of This World exhibit complements the Kids in Space program which will focus on the planets and moons in the solar system. A separate, more-in-depth program will be geared toward older visitors. The Out of This World exhibit will feature more than 40 costumes and objects from science fiction films and television programs such as Star Wars, Blade Runner, Terminator, Star Trek and Batman. Visitors will be able to learn how costume design uses colour, style, scale and cultural and traditional cues to help performers and audiences engage with the characters. The exhibit runs until Aug. 26. Gus-Con will feature science fiction lectures, presentations, panels and a costume gala. “The buzz around this exhibit is huge! Not since Hal-Con have I seen the geek and nerd community so excited to participate in a genre event like this,” said Jennifer Lambe, co-chair, director of guest relations and sponsorships for Hal-Con. “It’s a huge score for the museum to bring an exhibit of this caliber to our community in Halifax. People are already planning two to three trips to make sure they see everything.” Hal-Con organizers will deliver a presentation at Gus-Con. Andrew Hebda, curator of zoology, will also do a presentation on bats; Marian Munro, curator of botany, will have a presentation on poison plants; and Deborah Skilliter, curator of geology, will speak on the film Jurassic Park. Tickets for Gus-Con go on sale at the museum May 18 at 8 a.m. The $29 price includes admission to all events during the three-day conference. For information on the exhibit and the conference visit the Museum of Natural History website at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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73H Productions with the support of The Howland Company presents The Glass

first_img73H Productions with the support of The Howland Company presents The Glass MenagerieAugust 31 – September 11, 2016 at The Theatre Centre IncubatorTORONTO – 73H Productions with the support of The Howland Company has announced details for their upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, presented as part of the company’s 2016 Summer Season following the remount of their three-time sold-out hit 52 Pick-Up. The production will run from Wednesday August 31 to Saturday September 10 at 8pm, with a 2pm Matinee on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 at The Theatre Centre Incubator.Led by innovative director Philip McKee (Bloody Family, LEAR), this intimate production offers a bold and timely look at one of the 20th century’s greatest plays.The Wingfield Family, confined to a tiny St. Louis apartment on the eve of the Second World War, struggle to find hope and beauty amid the rough circumstances that surround them. A visit from a Gentleman Caller offers the possibility for a new beginning or threatens to destroy everything they’ve built. Advertisement The production will feature a cast of Canadian talent from theatre, television and improv: James Graham (Mockingbird, King John, NSFW), Tracey Hoyt (Face Value, Suits, The Drowsey Chaperone), Samer Salem (Conviction, Man Seeking Woman, Diagnosis Unknown), and Hannah Spear (Trout Stanley, Arcadia, Bad Dog Repertory Players).“At its core, The Glass Menagerie presents a choice between the pursuit of the ideal self and the need to confront the very real circumstances that surround us. In our current political climate, this conflict once again feels dangerously present. It has brought the play a new, unexpected edge and we hope that the intimacy of The Theatre Centre Incubator will bring the audience right into the heart of that struggle” – Philip McKee, DirectorThe Glass Menagerie is supported as part of The Howland Company’s 2016 Summer Season.The Glass MenagerieBy Tennessee WilliamsAugust 31 – September 11, 2016Directed by Philip McKeeA 73H Productionwith the support of The Howland CompanyFeaturing:Amanda Wingfield – Tracey HoytLaura Wingfield – Hannah SpearTom Wingfield – James GrahamThe Gentleman Caller – Samer SalemStage Manager: Sam HaleSet & Costume Designer: Adriana BogaardLighting Designer: Jareth LiSound Designer: Sam SholdiceProduction Manager: Rebecca VandeveldePublicity Photography: Connor LowLocation: The Theatre Centre Incubator, 1115 Queen Street West.Show Times & Ticket Prices:Opening Week: Wed Aug 31 – Sun Sept 4: 8pm$25 General  |  $15 ArtsworkerClosing Week: Tues Sept 6 – Sat Sept 10: 8pm + Sat Sept 10 & Sun Sept 11: 2pm$30 General  |  $20 ArtsworkerTickets:howlandcompanytheatre.ca/the-glass-menagerie/tickets.theatrecentre.orgThe Theatre Centre Box Office: 416-538-0988Led by innovative director Philip McKee (Lear, Bloody Family), this intimate production offers a bold and timely look at one of the 20th century’s greatest plays.The Wingfield Family, confined to a tiny St. Louis apartment on the eve of the Second World War, struggle to find hope and beauty amid the rough circumstances that surround them. A visit from a Gentleman Caller offers the possibility for a new beginning or threatens to destroy everything they’ve build.About The Howland CompanyThe Howland Company is a Toronto-based theatre ensemble made up of eleven artists. Their main artistic focus is on their generation. Their curiosity is in stories that explore, embrace, and confront their hopes and fears for the future. Through their own development as an ensemble and by bringing young theatre-makers together through workshops and play readings, they seek to help build an artistic community ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges.The Howland Company is the current 2016 RBC Emerging Theatre Company in Residence at Canadian Stage.For more information about The Howland Companyplease visit: www.howlandcompanytheatre.com Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Madawikh The App that Illustrates Moroccos Ongoing Boycott

Rabat – Some Moroccans know exactly how to make a profit out of the boycott campaign. Consumer anger toward Sidi Ali, Centrale Danone and Afriquia has inspired a  humorous mobile phone game called “Madawikh” (fools).The game ironically pays tribute to Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid, who called the boycotters fools. Available for free for a few days on android, the app has been downloaded more than 1,000 times and rated 100 times as a five star game.Users commented on the app positively, saying how clever and encouraging the idea was: “Thank you for this game,” “I am speechless about this very cool idea,” “Good job guys, keep it up.”. How is it played?App users need to slide or jump to avoid a series of obstacles,representing the three companies targeted by the boycott campaign which was launched on April 20 on social media.Among the obstacles are several Moroccan political figures, including Mohamed Ouzzine, former Minister of Youth and Sports. A total of 10 levels of play are offered to users.To date, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, and Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid, have denounced the campaign, with Boussaid calling supporters of the campaign “fools.”However, former ministers Nizar Baraka and Nabil Benabdellah disagree with the  dismissive stances, identifying the boycott as an urgent call for change that requires serious government consideration.Last week, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani finally reacted, apologizing to customers for “verbal expressions and offenses” made against boycotters of three companies for “unjustified” price increases in their products.During a meeting held in the upper house of the Parliament, Othmani addressed an apology to people supporting the boycott. read more

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Donation to the McNally Hospice

A young woman ran an event at the Royal Canadian Legion in Beamsville today in hopes of raising one thousand dollars for the McNally Hospice in Grimsby. The event included 25 vendors, many food trucks, face painting, raffles and draws. Organizer Sarah Davis says the final donation will be made to the hospice in the name of her boyfriend’s grandfather who passed away in February.“The facilities are absolutely incredible the nurses couldn’t have been any better for the family and for him”, says organizer Sarah Davis, “they were absolutely fantastic so I just wanted to give something back to them the best I could and I figured what better than money.”The event had a great turn out and Davis is happy to give back to an amazing facility.

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Hamilton elementary school student invents medical system

A Hamilton teen from St. Margaret Mary elementary school has invented something that has the potential to save millions of lives around the world.Christopher Lamont has developed a 3D printed mechanical intravenous fluid delivery system for low and middle-income countries.The system would allow people in underdeveloped countries to deliver IV fluids to patients without the need for electricity.Lamont competed in this year’s Canada-wide science fair in Fredericton. He took home a gold medal of excellence; along with the youth can innovative award and the SM Blair family foundation award.He says he hopes to patent his idea in the near future.

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Aurizon Mines erects new defence against hostile takeover by Alamos Gold

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2013 7:48 am MDT VANCOUVER – The board of Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) said Monday it has adopted a new rights plan in an effort to boost its friendly takeover deal with Hecla Mining Co. over a hostile bid by the company’s largest shareholder.Hecla made a so-called white-knight offer to rescue Aurizon from the earlier hostile bid by Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI), which owns a 16 per cent stake in Aurizon.One condition of the Hecla offer, however, is approval from two-thirds of Aurizon shareholder votes at a meeting.That means Alamos, which has said it was looking to increase its stake in Aurizon, could block the Hecla deal with only about one-third of Aurizon’s shares, or possibly less if some other shareholders sit on the sidelines.“The changes to Alamos’ bid and public statements of their intent make it clear that Alamos simply wants to impede shareholder choice by denying Aurizon’s shareholders any opportunity to consider other transactions such as the Hecla arrangement,” said George Brack, chairman of the special committee of the board at Aurizon.“The new rights plan does not prevent Alamos or any other party from making a better offer. It simply ensures that Aurizon’s shareholders will have an opportunity to make a choice.”Under the rights plan, which could be overturned by a regulator, Aurizon’s board could trigger a “poison pill” if any bidder or group working together acquires 20 per cent or more of the company’s stock. It also says the defence wouldn’t be triggered if the offer is made to all shareholders other than the bidder and with a threshold of acceptance by at least 50 per cent of the independent stock.Last week, Alamos waived the minimum tender condition of its offer primarily because “based on expressions of support from several large shareholders of Aurizon received following the Hecla proposal, Alamos fully expects to receive at least an additional 17.3 per cent of the outstanding Aurizon shares in order to defeat the merger of Aurizon with Hecla as proposed by the Aurizon board.”The change by Alamos followed Aurizon’s friendly deal with Hecla Mining valued at $796 million in stock and cash.Aurizon has eight properties in Quebec, including the Casa Berardi gold mine, as well as several development and exploration projects.Alamos, which has its head office in Toronto, has a mine and mineral rights in Mexico and an advanced development project in Turkey while Hecla has mines in Alaska and Idaho, as well as projects in the U.S. and Mexico.Aurizon CEO George Paspalas has said the Hecla offer was better than the one from Alamos, both because there was more cash involved and because a combined Hecla-Aurizon would make more long-term sense.Hecla’s cash and stock offer, valued at $4.75 per Aurizon share (TSX:ARZ), is 10 cents more than a hostile bid by Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) which was valued at $4.65 per share when it was announced.And the $513.6-million cash component is almost $210 million above the cap in the Alamos stock and cash bid.Aurizon shares were down three cents at $4.52 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while Alamos shares were down two cents at $14.52.Hecla shares were up two cents at US$4.27 on the New York Stock Exchange. Aurizon Mines erects new defence against hostile takeover by Alamos Gold read more

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Binghamton holds off Sacred Heart 7873 behind Sessoms

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Sam Sessoms scored 19 points with eight rebounds and four assists, J.C. Show added 14 points and Binghamton beat Sacred Heart 78-73 on Saturday.Tyler Stewart scored 13 points and Chancellor Barnard added 11 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bearcats (2-4), who shot 55 per cent and held the Pioneers to 33 per cent shooting.Caleb Stewart’s go-ahead 3 put the Bearcats up 42-39 and Tyler Stewart’s 3 capped a 7-0 run for a 54-45 lead with 12:51 to go. The Pioneers closed to 68-65 on E.J. Anosike’s free throw and to 75-71 on Sean Hoehn’s 3 with 45 seconds left. Richard Caldwell Jr. and Show combined for three free throws from there to keep the game out of reach.Barnard’s 3-point play with 1:24 left put the Pioneers up 33-32 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half.Sean Hoehn scored a career-high 35 points with seven 3s for Sacred Heart (2-4), which made 11 of 29 from distance. Kinnon LaRose added 12 points with 12 rebounds and Aaron Clarke had 10 points.The Associated Press read more

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American Pharoahs A Superhorse But Hes No Secretariat

After American Pharoah (sic) won this year’s Preakness Stakes, I warned you all to be skeptical of him in the Belmont Stakes.Oops.In my defense, I was technically being skeptical of any Triple Crown hopeful, not this horse in particular — and I (mostly) stick by that. But American Pharoah appears to be a legitimate superhorse.Indeed, he may be one of the most super superhorses in history (at least among American 3-year-olds). Like Secretariat, American Pharoah has broken a multi-decade Triple Crown slump. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.5 mile (12 furlong) Belmont Stakes in a time unmatched by any other Triple Crown winner (save Secretariat) in history. American Pharoah also led wire-to-wire, and won by an impressive five and a half lengths.But as great a run as American Pharoah had, it still didn’t really approach Secretariat’s. Picture how far ahead of the field American Pharoah was at the end of the Belmont. Now double it (multiply by 2.4 to be exact). That’s about how far American Pharoah would have been lagging behind Secretariat (13 ¼ lengths). In a Belmont field featuring the 11 Triple Crown winners running their Belmont-winning times, Secretariat would have led the other horses by the following distances:1I converted the difference between each horse’s finishing time to lengths using the typical rate of five lengths per second. Still, this is amazing company, and American Pharoah’s triumph is only the fourth Triple Crown since 1948.All that said, American Pharoah’s win didn’t clear up whether a horse that wins at 9.5 and 10 furlongs (the distances of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, respectively) is likely to be able to win at 12 furlongs. The types of horses that win the Belmont may be more naturally calibrated to the longer distance.There’s some evidence of specialization in the race’s winning times. Since the Belmont Stakes moved to 12 furlongs for good in 1926, American Pharoah’s time is only seventh-best, with four of the six better times coming during the most recent drought:The most interesting thing about this chart is what we do not see: There hasn’t been a recent bunch of Belmont superhorses. In fact, Belmont times have been on the rise for the past 20-plus years, and their five-year average in 2014 (pre-American Pharoah) was the highest it has been since the 1930s.While this makes a win by American Pharoah a little less spectacular than if he had to fend off a troupe of ever-improving distance-running specialists, it makes his time – the best by any horse in over a decade (since Point Given in 2001) – even more impressive, relative to the recent trend.CLARIFICATION (June 7, 3:37 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a chart that suggested it showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishes. It showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishers since the Belmont race was lengthened to 12 furlongs in 1926. read more

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Paul Merson Mo Salah is not happy at Liverpool

first_imgMohamed Salah is allegedly unhappy with his life at Anfield and could leave Liverpool as early as JanuaryAfter last year’s record-breaking performance that saw him claiming the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season, and the Premier League Golden Boot, Mo Salah has failed to shine in the new season.Although he has notched four goals and added one assist in the Premier League, the 26-year-old seems far away from the form that attracted the interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.The British news outlet, Express Sport, have broadcasted the words of the renowned pundit Paul Merson, who believes the former AS Roma star wants to swap the Premier League for La Liga.“Mo Salah’s goals record for Liverpool is phenomenal, but it’s only a matter of time until Real Madrid come calling,” he said.“That’s some record, to be the fastest man to score 50 for Liverpool, especially when people are saying you are having a bad season!“But if he keeps on scoring Madrid will come calling.“How can they not? They need to do something big and they will want him in January. They are struggling like mad.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“If Salah wanted to go, Liverpool would be powerless to stop him.“I can’t remember the last player to say ‘no’ to Real Madrid or Barcelona. It’s another level.“Salah doesn’t look happy at Liverpool at the moment and we’ve seen this before.“I watched him score against Huddersfield and his body language looked terrible. That would worry me if I was a Liverpool fan.“If you take his goals away they’re not title contenders anymore.“Liverpool fans have seen big players leave before. They would be fuming if Salah left too.“But this is what happens when you’re successful in the Premier League. The even bigger clubs come calling.”However, this statement shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially knowing the fact how much Jurgen Klopp admires the pacey Egyptian. There’s no doubt the Merseysiders will do everything in their power to secure Salah’s services for times to come.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Strong winds from east brush edge of area Monday

first_imgMonday afternoon, I sit and look out the window writing this column and see hazy sunshine and calm winds. A typical uneventful late autumn day, wouldn’t you say?In contrast, a few miles to my east in the Columbia River Gorge, wind sensors at Crown Point registered winds of more than 70 mph Monday. And you didn’t have to go that far to notice the strong east winds; there were gusts of more than 30 mph as far west as Camas/Washougal on the Washington side of the river.Those were our strongest east winds of the season, although they didn’t make many ripples on the west side of I-205. It was enough to blow away that dense morning fog we had in the western parts of the county. The winds will slowly subside today as a weak system moves inland and brings a little rain and relaxes the pressure gradients.Beyond that, the rest of the week looks rather benign. What looked like a great start to the snow season a week ago has fizzled. With just two weeks or so until Thanksgiving, I am holding my breath that things turn around and we start to build up our snow pack.OK, I am breathing now, but still edgy about that one. Of course, if you have lived here long enough, you know it only takes a couple of good storms to dump on the mountain and we are off and running.last_img read more

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2 killed in Thakurgaon road crash

first_img-Two people, including a minor boy, were killed and seven others injured in a road accident in Farabari area on Baliadangi-Nekmorod road in Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon on Friday night.The deceased are Majnu, 30, son of a certain Shahjahan Ali of Chengthi Hazradanga village in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh, and Junaid, 3, son of Foyzul Islam of Nekmorod Beelpara village in Ranisankail upazila.Baliadangi police station officer-in-charge Mustafizur Rahman said the accident took place around 7:30pm when a Dhaka-bound bus hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw from opposite direction. The incident left the two dead on the spot and seven others injured.Later, Baliadangi fire service and civil defence station men rescued the injured and recovered the bodies.The injured were admitted to Baliadangi Upazila Health Complex where physicians referred them to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment, the OC added.last_img read more

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Activists Want Houston Police Department To End NoKnock Search Warrants After Deadly

first_imgFlorian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Pecan Park house where four Houston police officers were shot on January 28, 2019, while serving a no-knock search warrant.A local civil rights and criminal justice reform group says the Houston Police Department should stop conducting no-knock search warrants after the January 28 deadly drug raid that resulted in two people dead and five officers wounded.The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice will hold a town hall meeting on Monday evening at Talento Bilingüe, near downtown Houston, to discuss the raid and ask questions of HPD Chief Art Acevedo. The coalition has also invited Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.“We invite them to come out because when they got elected they promised transparency, openness, so here is a great opportunity to do that,” Hai Bui, an executive member of the coalition, told News 88.7.Bui said his group’s ultimate goal is for HPD to stop conducting no-knock search warrants. But he also talked about other possibilities for search protocols and procedure changes.One suggestion he made was for officers to only use no-knock search warrants at night, when there could be less risk of hurting civilians. “Maybe arrest the people outside of a house, just wait for them to leave when they go get gas or whatever, just wait,” he added.Bui also referenced a New York Times’ investigation which found that at least 94 people, 81 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers, died in forced-entry raids from 2010 through 2016.Coalition members also want to question Houston leaders about the officer who allegedly lied about the sale of drugs at the house. That officer may face criminal charges, as Acevedo acknowledged last Friday. The officers conducted the search to seize heroin, but they didn’t find any at the home of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, both of whom were killed in the shootout.The town hall is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.HPD’s Internal Affairs division and Special Investigations Unit are conducting an investigation about the raid. Sharelast_img read more

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Move Over ATT and Verizon This Cable Giant Is Getting Into the

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Cablevision System Corp said on Monday it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give users an alternative to pricier data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon.The “Freewheel” phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms.Cablevision said the phone service was the first of its kind to be launched by a cable company and aims to tap users seeking to download unlimited amounts of data on their mobile phones using WiFi, which is less expensive than a cellular connection.Such services could pose a challenge to traditional telecom carriers. Currently, carrier Republic Wireless and Massachusetts-based startup Scratch Wireless offer users similar services that use WiFi to control data costs.”There has been a dramatic shift in how consumers use their mobile devices: today, it’s all about data, and WiFi is now preferred and clearly superior to cellular,” Kristin Dolan, chief operating officer of Cablevision, said in the statement.Cablevision, controlled by New York’s Dolan family, has been investing in its “Optimum” WiFi network since 2007, setting up over 1.1 million WiFi hotspots or access points in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.Cablevision’s WiFi phone service will be offered at $29.95 per month and $9.95 per month for subscribers of its “Optimum Online” service. It will be available exclusively on the Motorola Moto G smartphone that users will have to purchase, the company said.The $180 Android phone will be sold to “Freewheel” users without a contract at a discounted price of $99.95, it added.(Reporting by Malathi Nayak) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » January 26, 2015last_img read more

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HUD Secretary Details Agencys Blueprint for Credit Access

first_img HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced in a speech on Monday the points of the agency’s “Blueprint for Access” meant to ease the risk of lending while expanding credit.”It’s in our entire nation’s interest to help more responsible Americans succeed in the housing market by expanding access to credit,” Castro said. “Some believe that a few years ago, it was too easy to get a home loan. Now, it’s too hard. In fact, according to the Urban Institute, the housing market is missing out on 1.2 million loans every year because credit is so tight.  And even Ben Bernanke recently said that he’s having trouble refinancing his mortgage. If the former Fed Chair is having trouble, imagine the frustration of average folks. The pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.  There’s been a vacuum in the market and it needs to be filled.  Thankfully, we’re already starting to see movement.”Castro termed the 1.2 million loans being missed as a “market opportunity” and encouraged lenders who have not done so to expand their credit, asking them if they wanted to “leave business on the table.””All parties would benefit if you took action and expanded your reach.  And I urge you to do so,” Castro said. “But, I’m also aware that government must take action by shaping an environment where good lenders and good borrowers can work together without reservation. This means creating more certainty for you, which is a top priority at HUD.  In the wake of the crisis, we’ve seen a lot of frustration from lenders when it comes to their FHA  business.”Castro then introduced the Blueprint for Access, which includes three key points. First, he said, HUD is overhauling its “Single Family Housing Policy Handbook,” and the first major section of the revised version (which covers loan originations) has already been published with changes made based on feedback received from lenders. Castro said HUD is accepting feedback for additional sections of the handbook and he expects it to be largely completed by next year.”This is an important accomplishment and should give you confidence that you understand FHA’s policies and its expectations for compliance,” Castro said.The second main point of the Blueprint for Access is the “Supplemental Performance Metric,” which is intended to give a more complete portrayal of a lender’s portfolio performance. The current metric measures only a lender’s default performance against that of its peers in a local market, which “doesn’t paint a complete picture,” Castro said.”The Supplemental Performance Metric addresses this by focusing on a lender’s performance compared to those also doing business in the credit score range that FHA is targeting,” Castro said. “We’re finalizing this work and expect it to be available early next year. This will minimize the ‘Credit Watch Termination’ risk for lenders moving to support credit-worthy borrowers with lower credit scores when their peers do not.”The third key point of the Blueprint for Access is the “Loan Defect Taxonomy,” which Castro said is currently in draft form.”This is a new way of looking at loan defects and it’s going to be a critical tool for our partners,” Castro said. “FHA historically has used 99 different codes to describe defects in loans. The taxonomy will bring this down to nine distinct categories, and offer some new insight into the significance of the deficiency.  This new approach will give lenders the information they need to clearly identify where their challenges are and allow them to make changes. It will allow FHA to monitor trends in deficiencies and determine if policies can be enhanced to help lenders avoid deficiencies.”Castro told the lenders he believes the Blueprint for Access will “bolster your confidence so that you can originate more loans to credit-worthy borrowers in FHA’s credit box.” Credit Availability FHA HUD Julián Castro 2014-10-22 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sharecenter_img HUD Secretary Details Agency’s Blueprint for Credit Access October 22, 2014 532 Views last_img read more

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Rep Theis takes ceremonial oath of office

first_img State Rep. Lana Theis, R- Brighton, is sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. (left). She was joined by (from left) her two children, Jacob and Gabrielle, and husband Sam Theis. Categories: Theis News,Theis Photos 15Jan Rep. Theis takes ceremonial oath of officelast_img

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Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep Price

first_img State Rep. Amanda Price has announced a summer reading contest for local students in the West Michigan community.“Reading over the summer is an important part of a healthy break from school,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “Ensuring that our kids keep their minds active and their reading skills sharp will give them a great deal of confidence entering into a new school year.”The winning student will receive the opportunity to be a representative for a day with Rep. Price. The lucky winner will be able to experience part of a legislative session firsthand from the House floor, as well as other fun activities.“I’m excited to welcome our lucky contest winner to Lansing,” Rep. Price said. “I highly encourage any students who want to learn more about their state government to participate.”To participate, students in grades one through five use a bookmark to track their reading progress over the summer. Official bookmarks are available at the Loutit District Library, located at 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, and at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Completed bookmarks must be turned in by Sept. 1 to either of the two libraries.Residents with questions regarding the contest are encouraged to contact Rep. Price’s office by phone toll free at 888-238-1008 or by email at AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov.### Categories: News 16Jun Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep. Pricelast_img read more

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Rep Lauwers joins governor for ceremony to mark significance of horse racing

first_img11Aug Rep. Lauwers joins governor for ceremony to mark significance of horse racing reform bills Categories: Lauwers News State Rep. Dan Lauwers, left, joined Gov. Rick Snyder and Sen. David Robertson on Tuesday for a bill-signing ceremony to recognize landmark legislation to modernize Michigan’s horse racing industry. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, chairs the House Committee on Agriculture.State Rep. Dan Lauwers joined Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday for a bill-signing ceremony to acknowledge crucial legislation modernizing regulations that govern horse racing in Michigan.The legislation, sponsored by Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, updates the way purses are distributed, allowing money made from wagering to stay at the track where the bet was placed. It also creates a seven-member Horse Racing Advisory Commission to strengthen and improve the vitality of the Michigan horse racing industry.“We looked into all of the changes that have taken place in the industry since the old law was adopted 21 years ago, listened to the issues the horsemen’s associations, race tracks and breeding groups had with the outdated regulations, and came up with a solution everyone is pleased with,” said Rep. Lauwers, who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture. “I’m confident the updated rules and new advisory commission will move the industry in a positive direction.”Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, noted the important role horse racing has in Michigan’s economy. The industry employs more than 12,000 people and contributes nearly $1 billion to the state economy each year.last_img read more

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Albert named Chair of committee on Financial Liability Reform

first_img Representative will serve on three other key committees important to West Michigan State Rep. Thomas Albert was appointed by Speaker of the House Tom Leonard as chairman of the Financial Liability Reform Committee. As chair, Albert will be tasked with reducing the outstanding liabilities of the state, as well as local units of government and schools.“I am very excited be a leader in ensuring our state’s financial well-being, and I’m honored to be named as a committee chair during my first term,” said Albert, of Lowell. “We have made tremendous strides in creating a balanced budget on a regular basis. Now we must look toward the future and properly plan ahead instead of simply passing on debt to our children.”“Rep. Albert has unique experience working for the state’s pensioners as an investor at the Department of Treasury,” said Speaker Leonard. “We are working hard to make sure the state has a sound financial plan, and I have confidence Rep. Albert will do a great job.”In addition, Albert was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Law & Justice, Legislative Council, and Veteran Affairs committees. Categories: Albert News 26Jan Albert named Chair of committee on Financial Liability Reformlast_img read more

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COLUMN Investing in skilled trade programs will help more northern Michigan students

first_img While Michigan’s economy is clearly much healthier now than it was a decade ago, it’s critical to continue making smart, sensible investments to set our children and grandchildren up for success in the future.I am proud to say the K-12 school budget I supported last month is the largest investment in Michigan history. It totals $14.8 million – more than a quarter of our total budget – and adds $120 to $240 in funding per student – the largest increase in 15 years.One of the best ways to set our school children up for success is to give them opportunities to train for the technical and skilled trade jobs in highest demand. Michigan is projected to have hundreds of thousands of job openings in high-demand, good-paying careers over the next several years. And many of these jobs are going unfilled because there are not enough people with the necessary tools needed to do the work.The new budget makes a $100 million investment in the Marshall Plan for Talent to advance skilled trades opportunities for Michigan students. This investment is essential to expand and start innovative programs, promote training, provide scholarships and take other steps to create more opportunities for students and workers to learn the skills they need for success.Additionally, I sponsored legislation to help better connect skilled trade students with potential careers after high school. The plan, which requires parental consent, gives training schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and professional development.These efforts will give northern Michigan students new opportunities to prepare for jobs in the information technology and computer science, health care, and high-skilled manufacturing industries.In addition to the investments made in the next budget, I’m excited to announce that plans for the upgrade to Alpena Community College’s VanLare Hall are starting to take shape. The project, made possible by $3.4 million in state funding I fought to include in this year’s state budget, includes a new nursing wing. Future nurses in our community will benefit from the upgrades, which will allow them to learn to use the latest equipment and technology available.###(361 Words)State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, is serving her first term in the Michigan House representing the people of Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona and Iosco counties, as well as part of Cheboygan County. She previously served three terms as a Cheboygan County Commissioner. 31Jul COLUMN: Investing in skilled trade programs will help more northern Michigan students succeed Categories: Allor Newslast_img read more

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